Ithaca's new live radio broadcast show Crossing Borders presents “Quartetto Aceto” for its Aug. 21 concert broadcast. Quartetto Aceto is Harry Aceto – vocals and mandolin; Harry A. Aceto – guitar; Eric Aceto – violin; and Robby Aceto – accordion, presented live from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 21 at the Carriage House Café at 305 Stewart Avenue. The simultaneous radio broadcast airs on WVBR 93.5 FM and is available online at www.wvbr.com.
Harry, Eric, and Robby Aceto grew up hearing their grandfather's group play a (to them) odd-sounding music in their grandparent's garden during family gatherings. The boys ran around the yard hollering their heads off playing games with their cousins. All the while the sound of the trumpet, violin, mandolin, and guitar wafted over them and migrated through their ears; resonating unnoticed.
Fast forward 40 years or so: the three Aceto boys, encouraged in childhood towards music of every kind, all pursue music into adulthood as their chosen profession. Three boys, three separate paths. They share with their parents stories of their musical experiences. Eric tells of going to Finland. Harry comes back from playing in Central America. Robby tells of performing on a stage in Florence where Caruso had sung.
Then in recent years, they each independently find themselves reconsidering the source of their obsession. What was that going on at those family gatherings? What was that music in the garden? This leads in an inevitable way right back to their father, Harry.
They began foraging through the volume of music their grandfather had notated in his own hand, having fun puzzling through the odd meters and phrase-lengths. The fact that their father somehow seemed to know all of these Italian folksongs, and could intuitively play and sing them beautifully suddenly made sense. That it was family legend that their father had been stood on a table at the age of five and given a nickel to sing “O Marenariello” by his father's pals on Sundays also made sense. So they began accompanying their father who sings, translates and fills in the storylines for the audience.